Posted: Sep 3, 2013 9:06 PM by MTN News
HELENA - Nearly 100 percent of high school juniors in Montana took the ACT at no cost earlier this year thanks to a grant that offers the college entrance exam for free.
Because more students had access to the test, the state had 840 more students qualify for the Governor's "Best and Brightest" scholarship, and 520 more students were eligible for full admission to 4-year colleges over the 2013 graduating class.
Denise Juneau, the superintendent of public instruction, said, "The idea is that we'll have a larger pool of students that will have the opportunity to attend college, that will be eligible for these state scholarships, and certainly we hope that there is a strain on those funds because that means that more students are accessing our higher education system."
Juneau said that she hopes these results will show how no-cost ACT testing raises the number of students we see across the state getting into colleges and obtaining degrees.
She hopes to present the idea to the Montana Legislature again to fund ACT testing after the grant runs out.
The proposal was denied during last session.